Zombie Diaries 2 was originally titled World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries. This type of name change throws up red flags for me. Why did they change it if it was doing well? In this case it might just have been too long? And why did they add the 2 to the end when the original wasn’t billed as a sequel?
The action starts with a British family, sequestered in their house at the very beginning of the outbreak. Let’s just say they don’t last long. We then jump forward in time. The UK has been overrun, but a small military outpost is still fighting to survive.
The outbreak has left the countryside full of Zombies and bandits hunting other survivors. They hint that the original containment strategy may have been brutal. They don’t outright say it, but reveal it in several flashbacks. The government was aggressive in trying to kill those they thought were infected.
Overall, Zombie Diaries 2 isn’t a bad movie. The product values do suffers from being almost 15 years old though. There is also some questionable dialogue, and too much “shaky cam” footage. I know this was low budget and that meant they had to do what they could to add suspense and atmosphere. The probem becomes when shaky cam is used so much it makes me motion sick.
For me, what cost Zombie Diaries 2 the most points was the prolonged rape scene. It didn’t really need to be as long or as graphic. I had to turn the volume off because the woman’s screams were too intense. I’d suggest just skipping that part altogether.
Zombie Diaries 2 Scoring
There isn’t any new ground covered here, but if you are stuck in the house and don’t have other options watch Zombie Diaries 2. Then let me know if you agree that this is a Rainy Day Movie with a score of 35/100.
The Battery is the story of two survivors, making their way across a decimated country. The country is overrun by the undead. Ben and Mickey have fled into the wilderness in the hopes that there will be less Zombies. Ben appears to be the more resilient, better prepared survivor. Mickey is a bit more fragile and not quite as ready to deal with the realities of the current world.
The story revolves around the two finding an old Volvo station wagon while trying to deal with each other. Nerves are raw, and they’ve been through a lot. Ben believes that the key to survival is to keep moving, but Mickey wants to settle down.
Ben and Micky are an odd couple. They knew each other pre Apocalypse, but weren’t really in the same social circle. The tension continues to grow the longer they are forced to survive together.
The last act of The Battery has our two survivors trapped after Mickey gets to meet the woman on the other side of the radio. Sadly for him, things don’t go quite like he had imagined. I’m not going to ruin the end of the movie, because this is Worth Your Time and you should go watch it.
For such a small budget film, the actors and director did an amazing job. The whole thing was shot over the course of fifteen days for $6,000 in the wilds of Connecticut. Does that make it a passion project? How the hell did they make this film for that amount of money?
The Battery Scoring
The Battery isn’t your standard Zombie Movie, but it hits on multiple cylinders and has a little twist at the end, earning The Battery a 74/100. This makes it Worth Your Time. Make sure you watch to the end of the first segment of credits to make sure you get the full ending.
I have to be honest, I’m 30 minutes into Before Dawn and it feels more like a Hallmark Movie about a couple going through a divorce than a Zombie Movie. It’s not till the 35 minute mark that Meg, played by Joanne Mitchell decides to go for a run and encounters her first Zombie. her reaction is, well, interesting. She has that moment of disbelief, but when she turns to run she seems more puzzled than scared.
The acting was average to better than average but the story is just slow and plodding. There isn’t any new ground covered here, and that costs Before Dawn when it comes to the final scoring. The last half of the movie does have a bit more action, but it’s nothing ground breaking.
Witness Infection opens with a local country boy walking through the woods. He’s taking his new neighbor who just moved into town from New Jersey out into the woods to hunt. Whether it’s the bad sandwich or something else, our friendly hunter ends up being eaten by his new friend.
Sometimes the past comes back to bite you. Two rival mob families are transferred from the Witness Protection Agency by mistake to same city, Temecula, CA.
– Witness Infection
When we come back from the opening scene we are introduced to Carlo, played by Robert Belushi. Yes, he is a member of the famous Belushi clan, and is the nephew of the great John Belushi. His father is an Italian Mobster who needs him to marry his adversaries daughter to help create peace. Both mobster families have been put in the same town by the FBI. The struggle is how to figure out how to live together. Apparently an alliance based on marriage is the best idea.
We are then treated to a montage of townspeople eating sausage and peppers – which I am guessing is how the Zombie virus spreads?
The family dinner is a disaster, but at least it was a a bit amusing. Carlo doesn’t want to marry just to create a family alliance. In the end he doesn’t have a whole lot of choice if he wants to keep all his family alive.
We are at minute 31 when the Zombies show in force and things start to get more Zombie Movie than Soprano Slapstick.
Everyone who ate the sausages appears to be turning, or in the process of turning. Unfortunately, not even puppies are safe.
As the infection takes hold, Carlo and his small gang of survivors face off against crazed mobsters, zombies, and crazed mobster zombies.
Witness Infection Scoring
Witness Infection is an odd blend of Zombie Movie, Mobster Movie, and comedy, and it mostly works. The contaminated food thing is a little bit played out, and the movie struggles just a bit to hit its stride between serious, funny, and slapstick, but that is just me being hyper critical. Witness Infection scored a 71/100, making it Worth Your Time.
Real Dead Housewife of Seattle as the name implies, centers around a group of catty women in a “friend” group. Our victim is telling a friend on the phone how she told someone off. As she’s chatting a man shows up at the door with a huge offer. He’s willing to pay ten million dollars cash for the beautiful waterside home. Which of course gets him in the door.
Our victim takes the realtor out to the deck only to get attacked. In the struggle they both go crashing through the glass guardrail to fall to their deaths. Well, she dies, but the realtor ends up in a coma in the hospital.
We then cut to the morgue where Ravi is working on the victim. He is explaining how the fall had a lot of energy because it exploded one of the woman’s breast implants.
Clive finds the victims schedule on a printed stash of papers is his murder suspect’s pocket. The murderer isn’t a realtor. He’s a petty criminal. Because his suspect has the woman’s schedule, Clive is convinced this is a murder for hire. That puts the husband squarely in Clive’s scope as the most likely suspect.
For her meal, Liv makes some nice Tuna and Brain salad, delicious.
We then cut over to Major getting squeezed. Almost literally. Vaughn Du Clark has sent his red headed assistant to remind Major they want results. In this case results mean dead Zombies.
While Liv and Clive discover a link between the murdered woman and Vaughn Du Clark, Major has taken his next Zombie target, and gained a dog in the process.
The next day Live and Clive go to visit Vaughn Du Clark, and Liv gets a flash of Vaughn and her lunches brain having sex. Clearly they knew each other – biblically. Liv and Clive are leaving when two worlds come crashing together. Liv and Major came face to face at Vaughn Du Clark’s door.
Clive and Liv aren’t being to discrete, and talk about Liv’s vision right there in Vaughn Du Clark’s office. They think they are alone, but the Red Headed assistant has heard every word.
When Clive and Liv get the chance to interview the victims husband, he doesn’t help his rankings on the suspect list at all. Liv asks him if he was aware that Vaughn Du Clark was banging his wife, and the husband punches his hand through a glass table top – so I’m guessing he didn’t?
We then get to see Vaughn Du Clark confronted about his indiscretions as well, by his Red Headed Assistant, and we also find out in the process that she’s his daughter, and the product of one of the previous indiscretions to boot.
For some reason, Red Headed Assistant decides to set her sights on Major, and proceeded to seduce him in the gym. The why isn’t clear. Is it to get even with Daddy? To piss Liv off? Is it just a ploy to get more information?
Liv then goes on a Birthday shopping spree, which lines up perfectly with Clive discovering that the very same personal shopper that Liv is hanging out with, is Clive’s new top suspect. When the suspect tries to run, Liv goes full Zombie, and smacks her around a bit.
Liv is having a sad birthday, at least until she discovers the cake in the fridge. Peyton dropped by while Liv was out, and the fact that Peyton still cares, makes Liv smile.
Real Dead Housewife of Seattle ends with Vaughn Du Clark facing off with the husband of the woman he was sleeping with – who also just happens to be on the board of Max Rager. Vaughn doesn’t react well when he’s told the board is about to vote him out, and he reacts by introducing his opponent to a Zombie.
Real Dead Housewife of Seattle Scoring
Real Dead Housewife of Seattle scored an 85/100. There were a lot of great twists and turns, including Peyton coming back as the DA to go after the Utopium trade.